Update (09:30 AM): Councilman Justin Wilson provided link to plan implementation for the bike lanes/sharrows in this area.
City contractors were out painting new bike lanes/sharrows along Jamieson Avenue in Carlyle yesterday. The bike lanes/sharrows run from the Courthouse Square and Jamieson Avenue intersection down to the Jamieson Avenue and John Carlyle Street intersection.
Councilman Justin Wilson provides a link to the plan implementation for the bike lanes/sharrows along this route.
While there are many bikers that traverse along Jamieson Avenue, and as someone who has lived in this area for more than a dozen years, I do have a concern about these lanes/sharrows and that is the Dulany Street and Jamieson Avenue intersection.
Residents of this area have asked the City of Alexandria for help all along the Jamieson Avenue corridor for years. These requests have fallen on deaf ears. We have asked for a traffic study, stop signs, speed bumps, help from Alexandria Police, etc to help slow down traffic along this corridor. The City installed paddle signs in a couple of crosswalks but, traffic has not slowed one bit and pedestrians in this area feel they are still taking a risk when crossing Jamieson.
Will the bike lanes/sharrows help curb the problem? So far, from what I have seen, the answer is no.
IMHO, a big problem will be the Dulany Street/Jamieson Avenue intersection. Many bikers currently ride on the sidewalk around this intersection especially during the AM/PM rush hour because traffic is so heavy along this route during rush hour. I spoke to two last night who said essentially the same thing. You see, cars routinely double up at this intersection, especially during rush hour, along Jamieson (see below photo for an example) and cars go around each other without looking.
I want to hear from bikers, pedestrians, residents, and concerned citizens. What are your thoughts on these new lanes/sharrows? Is this good for Carlyle?